AirAsia X posts larger loss as revenue hit by virus curbs

The company reported a net loss of RM308.5 million for the quarter that ended in September, up from a net loss of RM229.9 million a year earlier. — Reuters pic
The company reported a net loss of RM308.5 million for the quarter that ended in September, up from a net loss of RM229.9 million a year earlier. — Reuters pic

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KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 19 — Long-haul carrier AirAsia X Bhd posted today a wider quarterly loss on reduced revenue, hit by coronavirus travel curbs, and added it was keeping up restructuring efforts key to its ability to raise new funding and survive.

The company reported a net loss of RM308.5 million for the quarter that ended in September, up from a net loss of RM229.9 million a year earlier.

Revenue dropped 94 per cent to RM59.9 million, it said in a bourse filing.

The arm of AirAsia Group Bhd has taken a hit as air travel ground almost to a halt in the past few months, hit by border curbs to control the spread of Covid-19.

In October, it proposed a major restructuring, seeking to reconstitute US$15.3 billion (RM63 billion) of unsecured debt into a principal amount of RM200 million and waive the rest, in order to avoid liquidation.

This month the airline revised the plan to re-categorise its creditors in a bid to tackle concerns raised by a creditor.

“The implementation of the scheme is currently ongoing and its success is critical to the ability of the Company to raise new funding, either as debt or equity, and to continue as a going concern,” it said in a stock exchange filing.

AirAsia X is in talks with a financial institution to secure a government guaranteed loan of up to RM500 million, it added. — Reuters

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